One less to prey

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There are two court updates:

(1)  Donald Grecco  (ex-priest, Diocese of St. Catharine’s Ontario, previously convicted)

Friday, 12 May 2017:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #4,  Robert S. K. Welch St Catharine’s courthouse, St. Catharine’s, Ontario (59 Church St).

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

(2)  Brian Lucy (previously convicted church organist, Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario)

29 January 2018: 10 am, TRIAL  Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)

Obviously the last court date for Brian Lucy was not for a guilty plea or sentencing, witness that  a trial date has been set.

And, yes, the trial date is for 2018.  Next year.

I don’t as yet know how many days have been booked for trial. The lady who could give me that information was not available. I shall try to reach her again some time this week.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers

(3)  Father Robin Gwyn (Priest, Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario)

There were two sets of charges which were not merged but rather moved through the Kingston courts separately.  Father Gywn was convicted on one set of charges and entered a guilty plea to others.

a) The Reasons for Judgment for Father Robin Gwyn is  posted.  This is from the charges which went to trial , and for which he was convicted (Sept. ’16) and was recently sentenced to three years in jail:

September 2016:  Gwyn: “Reasons for Judgment”

As stated on the article, I have made numerous redactions and so on to spare the victim any fear of his identity being revealed.  Please keep him in your prayers

b) Father Gwyn still has an upcoming court date tied into his October ’16 guilty plea on the other charges:

26 July 2017:  11 am,  “to be spoken to,” Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 5 Court Street, Kingston

This is tied into setting a sentencing hearing or date for sentencing for the offences to which he entered the guilty plea in October 2016.

Please keep the victim in your prayers

*****

Just look at this…

07 May 2017:  “Ex-Pine Bush priest in alleged sex-abuse case rips archdiocese’s internal politics” & related articles

Note, Gallagher was a ‘late vocation.’  I don’t for a moment believe that every late vocation is a sexual predator, but, my goodness it seems there are more than one would expect from men who are presumably mature when they decide to become priests.

Gallagher claims his sexual interaction with that young man was consensual.  He tried to excuse/justify as follows:

<blockquote>“I was tired, sick and lonely at that point. It’s not an excuse, but just an explanation,” Gallagher said.</blockquote>

Well, actually I’d say that that is an excuse, an attempt to justify his actions . Indeed, it’s truly a pathetic attempt to justify why he, at the time a priest in his early 60s, engaged in sex with a 19-year-old boy.  But, it seems it’s really no big deal to him:  “I had sex with a consenting adult,” Gallagher said. “What’s crazy about that? Sinful, yes. Crazy, no.”

Gallagher has thankfully been laicized.  He believes that he received  “capital punishment for a Class-A misdemeanor.”

According to the media “He wonders why he was removed from the ministry when other priests with worse offenses are simply transferred to another parish.”

Change and common sense have to start somewhere, and, yes, that makes one less predator contaminating the ranks of the priesthood.  One less predator free to abuse his vocation  to prey on the vulnerable.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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1 Response to One less to prey

  1. buddie says:

    Not too good.

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